Nothing makes you feel like a sucker as much as finding out that you’ve been slaving away in a 9-to-5 job all these years when if you’d just had the foresight to purchase a hand-painted bottle of extremely rare malt whisky in 1986, you’d have been on Easy Street.
In fact, had you done so, your wallet would now be bulging with 1,200,000 pounds, or a little over $2,000,000 in local dosh. That’s how much a bottle of Macallan 1926 60-year-old malt just went for at Christie’s Finest & Rarest Wines & Spirits auction in London.
It’s no ordinary booze. As the name suggests, the whisky spent a whopping 60 years maturing in ex-sherry casks before it was bottled in 1986. We have it on good authority that this process is likely to have resulted in the beverage turning out might good, or at least mighty expensive.
The malt was part of an ultra-limited edition as it was, but this particular bottle was an extra level of rare, as it was the one bottle of the batch that was hand-painted by Irish artist Michael Dillon. As such, it truly is one of a kind, and will stay kind of special even after it’s drunk. If it is drunk – seems a shame to spend so much on a bottle of grog and then just pour it down your throat. Then again, if you don’t drink it, what was the point of those 60 years of maturing? It’s a big decision for the lucky bidder.
As for the rest of us, we’ll just keep on buying the cheap stuff at Dan Murphy’s and hope one of those bottles turns out to be valuable one day.